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Tom Silva is a general contractor featured on PBS's "This Old House," on which he has been a proud member of America's favorite home improvement team since 1986. He also brings his endless expertise to the show's companion program, "Ask This Old House."

Renovating houses since he was a child, Tom Silva's first major project, working alongside his dad and brother, was installing a basement fallout shelter underneath their 1787 Colonial in Lexington, Massachusetts. After digging out the 20x40x12-foot
Tom Silva of "This Old House"
Tom Silva This Old House
hole under the house, by hand, and hauling away all the boulders, they framed it and finished it off. "It took us two years, and I felt such pride in what we had accomplished that I knew I wanted to do this for a living," says Tom.

Silva Brothers Construction, made up of Tom, his brother Richard, and his nephew Charlie, built the original set for the WGBH-TV Boston production "The Victory Garden" in the parking lot of WGBH. Russell Morash, the creator of "This Old House," discovered the Silva crew while they were conducting a major restoration on an 1845 Greek Revival-style house. It was then that Russ named Tom and his crew the general contractors for the show.

Tom says, "Each job is unique and different, which is just what I like. Besides loving my work, I've made good friends with the entire crew of 'This Old House,' and it's been a rewarding experience." Tom has contributed to "Complete Remodeling and Complete Landscaping," published by This Old House Books in conjunction with Sunset Books in 2004, and the "Homeowner's Manual," published by This Old House Books in 2000. He is on the editorial board of This Old House magazine, published by This Old House Ventures, Inc., where his work and expert advice are featured regularly.

Parents of a daughter and a son, Tom and his wife live in a 19th-century house he continues to renovate in a Boston suburb. He is a native of Massachusetts and a boating enthusiast.


Where does Tom Silva live? Find out here.

Hometown: Massachusetts
Current Residence: Massachusetts

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